Food For Tomorrow

In 2014 and 2015, Stone Barns Center played host to the first and second New York Times Food for Tomorrow conference, and will host it again this October 2016.


The first conference examined some thorny questions: As the global population soars toward 9 billion, which scale of agriculture—big, small or in between—will help more people eat? How to farm without further degrading ecosystems and fresh water? What about in conditions made worse by drought and climate change?

Moderated by Times journalist and food writer Mark Bittman, the conference attracted more than 200 business, NGO, culinary, academic and thought leaders to explore two of the most important food challenges facing the world in the 21st century: how to feed a growing population and how to reverse poor eating habits in the developed world.

“Partnering with the Times to convene these important discussions is a natural outgrowth of our work to create a healthy and sustainable food system,” says Jill Isenbarger, Stone Barns Center’s Executive Director. “It’s going to take years and a lot of dedicated players to steer a sound course for feeding the world of tomorrow without creating more environmental and human-health problems—and without carving up more of our wild lands in the pursuit of food production.”

As part of our goal to bring about food system change, Stone Barns Center serves as a convening place for leaders of varying points-of-view. The Times conferences bring to the table a cross-section of players in food and farming, including organic farmers, policy experts, academics and some of the world’s largest agricultural producers. The influence and scope of the conference participants can catalyze widespread change and durable solutions to the problems facing our food system.

In planning the conferences, the New York Times consulted with Stone Barns Center and with other leaders to gather ideas for sessions, speakers and sponsors. Final decisions on the conference’s lineup, speakers and sponsors are exclusively those of the Times.

Learn more about the 2016 conference and watch videos from the 2015 conference and 2014 conference.